Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss & opted to field first against New Zealand in the 19th match of the T20 World Cup 2021. This match is being played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
Pakistan won their first match against arch-rivals India by 130 runs in their first match and would be even more powered up against New Zealand, who cancelled their Pakistan tour on the day of the first match citing security reasons earlier this year.
New Zealand lost both of its warm-up matches and would be looking to start their World Cup campaign with a win. Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the tournament with a calf tear. Playing XI of both teams are:
Pakistan - Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Tim Seifert(w), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
- Wicketkeeper - M. Rizwan (vc)
- Batters - M. Guptill, K. Williamson, B. Azam
- All-rounders - J. Neesham, D. Mitchell, M. Santner, S. Khan
- Bowlers - T. Boult, S. Afridi (c), H. Rauf